Ask Cutis | Brown spots – is there a permanent solution?

The truth about age spots and skin discolouration.

For many of us, brown spots begin to appear as early as our late twenties, and can appear even sooner for those who suffer from melasma. These patches of pigmentation can leave our complexion looking mottled, and studies have shown that they can age our appearance even more than wrinkles.

Fortunately there are both at-home and in-office solutions that can help to keep these spots at bay. However, it is a common misconception that laser resurfacing treatments such as Halo™ Fraxel® and Clear + Brilliant® provide a permanent solution. In this Ask Cutis post, we shed light on how hyperpigmentation can be effectively managed.

The truth about pigmentation.

At-home treatments—like SkinCeuticals Advanced Skin Discolouration Corrector—can do wonders to fade brown spots, but the most substantial results are achieved with laser treatments that are performed in-office.

For patients who opt to go this route, depending on their skin’s needs, a series of treatments and some social downtime may be required to achieve optimal results.

The freshly renewed skin and rejuvenated skin tone is a reward worth working towards; however, the effort does not end here. Once the pigmentation concerns have been corrected, proper at-home care and follow-up treatments are required to maintain your results.

How to prevent a pigmentation relapse.

Pigmentation, whether it is due to accumulative sun damage, melasma or acne scarring, is activated by sun exposure. Therefore, it is vital to avoid prolonged sun exposure and to integrate a brightening serum into your routine in order to maintain your treatment results.

Failing to wear and reapply a broad spectrum sunscreen (minimum SPF 30) and spending long periods of time in the sun will inevitably activate melanin production in the skin, resulting in the reappearance of age spots.

If your lifestyle involves spending a lot of time in the sun, you will want to follow these steps and be aware that your pigmentation will likely re-emerge. Regular follow-up treatments can help keep things in check by maintaining the evenness, as well as the overall health and youth of your skin.

To learn more about how a laser treatment can help you correct skin discolouration that concerns you, we invite you to book in for a consultation with one of our laser technicians. They will assess your skin and make a personalized plan that suits your lifestyle and skincare goals. Call us at 289.957.7546 or email info@cutis.ca to arrange your consultation today.

DISCLAIMER: Individual outcomes, results and number of treatments recommended may vary based on individual patient needs, medical history, and circumstances. Cutis Cosmetic & Laser Centre cannot guarantee exact or permanent results or cures.